Maurice Fitzgibbons, former Hudson County freeholder and inveterate Democratic Party insider, succumbed at Mount Sinai last night, according to a report in the Jersey Journal.
Mr. Fitzgibbons, 57, used his political base of Hoboken to build influence throughout the county.
After he left the freeholder board he remained an energized political presence and strategic player.
His last big successful local political crusade was the successful 2010 election of Tim Occhipinnti to the City Council.
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) released a statement of mourning.
“Maurice Fitzgibbons was one of the kindest, most caring people I have ever met,” Menendez said. “He prided himself on bringing people together and kept the spirit of community alive in all of us. He was a ‘small-d’ democrat as well as a Democratic Party leader who believed in mentoring the next generation and taught them to live up to his high standard of excellence. Maurice cared about people and was a strong advocate for the arts because he believed the arts were a reflection of the best in all of us. He was taken from us far too soon, but his distinguished service to the people of Hudson County will be a legacy that will live-on for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”